Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram has sold more than $1 billion in bonds to international investors, founder Pavel Durov announced Tuesday — with Russia’s state-run Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) now among the firm's backers.RDIF did not take part in the initial bond auction, a Telegram representative told The Moscow Times.

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp has confirmed that users that don’t accept their controversial new privacy policy will eventually have their accounts deleted.When the privacy policy was first announced, a flurry of users migrated from WhatsApp to other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram.

Secret Chat in Telegram Left Self-Destructing Media Files On Devices

Secret Chat in Telegram Left Self-Destructing Media Files On Devices

Popular messaging app Telegram fixed a privacy-defeating bug in its macOS app that made it possible to access self-destructing audio and video messages long after they disappeared from secret chats.

Telegram privacy feature failed to delete self-destructing video files

Telegram privacy feature failed to delete self-destructing video files

Telegram has fixed a security issue where self-destructing audio and video files were not being deleted from user's macOS devices as expected.While performing a Telegram security audit on macOS, Mishra discovered that standard chats would leak the sandbox path where received video and audio files are stored.

Modifying Telegram's "People Nearby" feature to pinpoint people's homes

Modifying Telegram's "People Nearby" feature to pinpoint people's homes

If you choose to share your location publicly on Telegram, you’ll appear in a list for users who are physically close to you.

Here’s why Telegram does not offer end-to-end encryption by default

Here’s why Telegram does not offer end-to-end encryption by default

The founder has now released a new post on his personal Telegram channel that clears the air about why the app does not feature end-to-end encrypted chats by default.

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

The shift to more privacy-focused messaging apps had been building before WhatsApp’s public relations disaster, Ghodrati said.Apps like Signal, Telegram, Wickr, and WhatsApp offer privacy features ranging from end-to-end encrypted data transfer to ‘self-destructing messages’.”.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services."Signal is [pretty] much a classic 'messenger' product, end-to-end encrypted by default," Isaac explained.

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

On Signal, a Florida-based militia group said on Monday that it was organizing its chats in small, city-by-city groups limited to a few dozen people each, according to messages seen by The New York Times.

The Crypto-Keepers

The Crypto-Keepers

“Right away they started asking about Telegram, which made me worry,” says Durov, explaining that it didn’t take long for his early-morning visitors to get to the point: the FBI wanted to set up some kind of informal backchannel process that would enable Telegram to hand over data on particular users in the event of a terrorist threat; they even came prepared with official-looking documents in hand.

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Advertisement A proof-of-concept video the researcher sent to Telegram showed how he could discern the address of a People Nearby user when he used a free GPS spoofing app to make his phone report just three different locations.

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Elastos, a decentralized internet platform built with the security of Bitcoin's hashpower, today launched the world's first completely private, decentralized messaging app on its network, Hyper IM.The Hyper team said that the app will soon be available on desktop (like WhatsApp web and Telegram), and that file transfer functions for non-text messages.

Can police hack your telegram?

Can police hack your telegram?

It's even easier to trace the admin if you convince him to open a link to a fully controlled site.I am not opening up on them, but believe me - every admin has either already left a trail, which is enough to trace them, or sooner or later will fall for a provocation.

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

The Italian Data Protection Authority has started an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate fake nude images on messaging app Telegram.The bots can generate fake nudes that have watermarks or that show only partial nudity, and users pay to “reveal” the whole image.

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

War has come for the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, not for the first time and likely not the last.There’s a lot more that goes into making an app hard to centralize, but I think that’s one of the most critical.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

The way that apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal do contact discovery has privacy flaws – chief among them is the fact that an attacker can enumerate users, that’s when they use contact discovery to test whether certain numbers are registered or not.

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

The reports, which were reviewed by The New York Times in advance of their release, say that the hackers have successfully infiltrated what were thought to be secure mobile phones and computers belonging to the targets, overcoming obstacles created by encrypted applications such as Telegram and, according to Miaan, even gaining access to information on WhatsApp. Both are popular messaging tools in Iran.

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

In what's a new tactic adopted by Magecart groups, the encrypted messaging service is being used to send stolen payment details from compromised websites back to the attackers.

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

If you're on iOS and would like to try Telegram Video Calls, you'll have to wait until Apple lets you – or switch to a platform that has more respect for its users and developers, like Android.

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

However, FISA and the Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 which he testified to, did allow for temporary warrantless surveillance (Sec. 308).Presently under the Trump administration, Barr has been pushing for explicit backdoor access into encryption technologies employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and secure messaging platforms including Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

A Russian court blocked the app in April 2018, after Telegram refused to share its encryption keys — a means of accessing users’ data — with Roskomnadzor.

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Cho Joo-bin, a 24-year-old man, hosted online rooms on encrypted messaging app Telegram, where users paid to see young girls perform demeaning sexual acts carried out under coercion, according to South Korean police.

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act. A planned bipartisan measure in the U.S. Senate could stop all messaging services, such as the crypto community’s favorite Telegram and Facebook controlled Whatsapp, from offering end-to-end encryption for users.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

WhatsApp is a “Trojan horse” exploited to snoop on millions of users naive enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said.

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

Using Telegram as your default messenger app will help you have a fun and joyful experience with your friends and family without making yourself a target of commercial messages.

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